SALTY SWAMPS…OR THE RIVER OF LIFE?

EZEKIEL 47:11-12: “But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.” (ESV)‭‭

OBSERVATION: Am I living in the marshes and swamps – or in the river of life? Ezekiel receives a vision of the restored temple and flowing from the temple was a river of living water. This was a vision of the coming Kingdom of God as is also foretold in the Book of Revelation.

  • REVELATION 22:1-2: “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” (‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Ezekiel’s vision was just a “type” of the coming and final Kingdom of God. This is evident by the fact that in Ezekiel’s vision the river flowed from the temple, and in John’s vision the river flowed from the Throne of God and the Lamb!

This speaks to us who are now the redeemed of the Lord. We are now living as sons and daughters of the King, but we are looking forward to the restoration of all things. Even now there is river of life that is flowing from the “temple” of our hearts. Jesus said to those who believe – “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (‭‭John‬ ‭7:38‬ ‭ESV‬‬) This is a foretaste of the final Kingdom of God where the river will flow from God’s Throne and there will be no more curse. Death, sin, sickness, and all suffering will be no more.

Yet, today, we live in between the present and future fulfillment. We live between Ezekiel’s vision and John’s vision. There is a constant choice of abiding in the river of life that desires to flow in our lives, or falling back into the salty swamps and marshes of our old nature. We must remember – there is no life in the salty swamp! Life only flows from abiding in the Word and walking after the Spirit. Is it any wonder why the enemy of our souls continually tries to drag us back to the unproductive borders of our old life? He knows that if he can get us there it will thwart and hinder the growth of the fruit of God in our lives. God desires us to bear fruit, and that our fruit will remain. This can only happen as we stay in His river of life!

This morning Lord I desire that you would establish me firmly in Your river of life! Let me abide in You and in Your Word. Flow in and through my life with the indwelling power and life of Your Holy Spirit. Revive me and bring to life every area of my life so that I can bear fruit for You and become a blessing to others. Remind me every day, and at every turn – there is no life in the salty swamps of my past! Thank You for Your Grace and Mercy that is extended to me today!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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2 Responses to SALTY SWAMPS…OR THE RIVER OF LIFE?

  1. Karl Hostetler says:

    If the river flows from the temple, and we are the temple, then this speaks volumes about influence. About allowing God to bring life to others through us. If we can live like that, then wherever we go, the river goes, flowing out of us to others. A river thousands of cubits wide, and everywhere it goes there is life. “And he said Son of man, have you seen this?” Can you even conceive of this river that is within you and the impact it can have on others? What a choice, a dead swamp, or life everywhere.

    There’s a river of life flowing out from me, it makes the lame to walk and the blind to see, opens prison doors, sets the captives free. There’s a river of life flowing out from me. Spring up O Well, within my soul. Spring up O Well, and make me whole. Spring up O well, and set me free. There’s a river of life flowing out from me.

    I don’t know if I’ve ever commented here before, Kirk. But I appreciate your devotional thoughts. Thanks for putting in the effort to do this.

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